At the annual C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter decided to discuss clarify a few issues. For starters, Juechter took the mic to dispel a few myths about the next-generation Corvette, saying that the C7 ‘Vette won’t be “watered down” and that print automobile publications, Automobile Magazine in particular, are not to be trusted.
After giving the auto print industry a beatdown even Donkey Kong would be proud of, he went on to criticize the Environmental Protection Agency and its CAFE requirements. Most importantly, however, Juechter addressed concerns that CAFE standards will result in a debilitated C7, hinting that such tough standards will cause the automaker (and – consequently the next-gen Corvette) to focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction. While there aren’t any concrete specifics, the video (after the jump) is worth watching just for the smack-down Juechter gave the magazine industry and the EPA.
For those who believe that the entire Corvette program is in big trouble, GM already knows about your concerns. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to remind them in the comments below as you’re watching the short clip.[Source: Autoblog via Corvette Blogger]